Kitchen with handle or with rail?


Handle YES, handle NO: why?

Kitchen with handle or with groove system? This is often a matter of debate that we face with our partners, with design studios and contract customers.

Let’s face together some ideas that can be a technical contribution to the evaluation of the pluses and functions related to the choice between kitchens with handle and kitchens with grip rail.


In the meantime, let us reiterate that the handle is certainly a functional object, but also an element that fits into the aesthetic texture of the furnishing solution. In fact, not only the shape of the handle, worked with pure profiles, minimal or more rustic motifs, but also the finish of the same, which is often chrome, satin, pewter, black, antique and with ceramic inserts or other materials.



A presence that must be well harmonized with the design features of the kitchen but, beware, let’s not forget the visible appliances: glass surfaces, satin or mirror fronts, steel or paint? The stylistic coherence and material effects must therefore be compared with the formal and aesthetic motifs of these appliances. We assure you that solving this question requires a good deal of experience and knowledge of interior design and the various options available on the market. We add the fact that the range of expenditure on a set of handles can be very wide.


Rail system: LESS IS MORE

When it comes to spending money, the common belief is that you save money with the grip system… because there is no handle! But as a rule, a kitchen with a rail grip has a higher cost. Let’s take a look at the reasons, which are all due to construction factors.


In the meantime, let’s explain that the so-called “rail system” is a particular shaping that can affect the various components of a piece of furniture: specifically, Vama proposes the “hollow rail” system when the channel that allows the hand to grasp the door is obtained on the body of the cabinet on which the door is closed. Guaranteed aesthetics, without renouncing maximum practicality.


We can already see how these two particular solutions involve much more work than fitting a set of handles.


Let’s move on to the look of a kitchen without handles.

The handle-less system actually became popular in Northern European design as early as the 1970s, and today it is back on top of international trends. We have to admit that a kitchen without handles has an elegant, linear and timeless look, which can be further enhanced by the skilful choice of material effects and by working on the regularity of the masses and surfaces of the elements. Even if we put on the “most modern” handle on the market (who knows what it will be?) or the most minimalist one, we will never obtain the effect of a “plain-face” environment, developed without interruptions of shapes and colours.


Clearly, these arguments fall apart for those who orient their tastes towards a country or super-classic solution.


Handles and rail systems: MAINTENANCE AND COMFORT


But there are other important aspects that affect the rating of the throat system:


– SAFETY: This is always an important issue, especially if we are in a hurry around the cooker because we don’t have much time. Having free trajectories and smooth surfaces when we are a bit nervous or deconcentrated is always preferable. Isn’t it? Even more so if there are children arriving or already around the house: the total absence of more or less rounded protruding elements is a relevant fact.


– CLEANING: The rail system, as we have seen above, is actually a continuous track, a channel that runs along the profiles of the furniture and in which dust and crumbs can collect. In addition, with the rail system your hands touch the furniture directly and can leave fingerprints. In all honesty, we have to admit that the groove system requires more attention in terms of maintenance and cleaning.



We can conclude that the balance of pros and cons between handle or rail system leaves the dilemma open. A question that Vama’s talented designers and consultants always solve brilliantly, because every solution developed and proposed can never do without the taste, sensitivity and specific furnishing context expressed by the customer.



Handle or rail? Let’s talk about it together.

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